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Anti-Islamic film: HC issues notice to Google India, Govt

Posted on Dec 06, 01:56PM | UNI

The Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Central Government, Google India and Delhi Police on a plea of a religous body that videos of a controversial anti-Islam film 'Innocence of Muslims' be removed from various sites including YouTube as it is blasphemous.

A bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to commissioner of police as well as to the various ministries like - information and broadcasting, home, corporate affairs, external affairs and minority affairs and asked them to file their response by January 23, 2013.

The court also asked the centre to inform it on the next date of hearing if any permanent solution could be found.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of a religious body Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind (JUIH) seeking direction for complete removal of the film 'Innocence of Muslims' from various websites.

The petitioner sought removal of the film from the website on the grounds that it was an anti-Islamic film and was made by US film maker who was backed by anti-Islamic groups.

Senior Advocate Kirti Uppal, appearing for petitioners, argued that countries like Brazil, Argentina and Russia had banned the film and removed the video clips from the site The petitioner argued that the internet companies should have taken a pro-active approach in disbanding anti-Islamic content.

These firms like Google, have no code of conduct and behave irresponsibly. They tend to provoke first and then defend such blasphemous acts on the ruse of free speech.

Delhi Police counsel Najmi Waziri replied that police on its own cannot remove the video, however it has registered various FIRs on various complaints and have written many times to the government also to take appropriate action.

Earlier also on October 3, the same bench had heard both parties and reserved its order.

The petition was again filed by a group of lawyers, seeking to remove a 13-minute clip of the film from YouTube, official channel of Google India.

The petitioners sought direction against the respondents (the government, Google India and YouTube) to completely remove and block the links of the entire movie/trailers 'Innocence of Muslim' and all the clips emanating from the movie up-loaded on YouTube, owned by Google and shown in India.

The government told the court that various courts in India had also passed orders on which it had acted.

The government counsel, however, contended that the government has already blocked 157 URLs (uniform resource locator) and asked the petitioners to give the link for it to take action.

Various other courts have passed orders against the depiction of such material and the government has taken action on it, the standing counsel for Centre told the court.